Time off from school can be the perfect opportunity to recharge and relax. It is also a great time to explore new places together as a family. Here are some ideas for things to do when school is closed to keep everyone happy and engaged, both things to do at home and places to venture out to and visit. We hope you enjoy the quality time as a family!
Things to Do While School is Closed in Chicago’s West Suburbs
Please be sure to look at websites for the most current information as hours may change during the holiday season.
- Go and see local holiday lights! Many are on display through the early part of the new year. Here is our list of the best Christmas lights in the Western Suburbs.
- Ice skate or roller skate at a local indoor or outdoor rink.
- Get some fresh air and visit one of our top six forest preserves for kids for an outdoor walk.
- Looking to get out for lunch or dinner? Check out this list of places where kids can eat free.
- Check out a rock climbing wall or a trampoline park for some indoor exercise.
- There are plenty of indoor play areas, playgrounds and inflatables in this area. Try a new one!
- Go bowling together at one of these family-friendly bowling alleys.
- Visit another town’s library. Check out Kidlist readers’ choices for the best libraries in Chicago’s western suburbs.
- Feel like a swim? Many indoor pools have family swim times.
- Visit one of the highly popular Chicago-area children’s museums in either the city or the suburbs. Click here for descriptions and age recommendations for each of the Chicago-area children’s museums.
- Have a little one at home? Take a look at our suggestions on places to go with a baby or toddler.
- Draw or write thank you notes for holiday gifts. Even the youngest of children can color a picture to send as a thank-you. My kids just love putting letters into envelopes and sending off in the mail. Have them show appreciation to others!
- Write out New Year’s resolutions. Set some family and personal goals for the new year together.
- Try new recipes. Kids love to cook! Have your kids help in the kitchen. Play restaurant by making menus, setting the table and roleplaying the server, chef and patron.
- Play board games and cards. Time to get out those new games! Or break out some old favorites.
- Hit the library. Pick out a new movie from the library to watch together.
- Find a new app. Take a look at our suggestions on the Best Apps for kids if you are looking for some engaging screen time.
You should also check out our Winter Break Camp Guide to keep the fun going!
Have a place you like to visit? Or an at home activity that keeps your family entertained? Please share as we would love to hear from you!